First things first, starting with exfoliation is key. Removing the dead skin will not only smooth the appearance of chapped lips but it will help your lip balms fully penetrate to work better. Of course there are many DIY options like using brown sugar or rubbing a toothbrush over your lips. However if you are a cosmetic junkie like me here are some of my favorite solutions for dry lips:
This handy one by Tarte Cosmetics takes the mess out of exfoliating your lips. It's hypoallergenic, so twist and swipe to resurface and soften your lips.
*Tip: Use before any matte lipstick for a smoother application.
This is another option and I love that it comes together as a exfoliating & lip balm duo. This invigorating scrub has more of an aggressive feel with a minty peppermint smell. Some ingredients include Caribbean Sugar and Hawaiian Sea Salt.
*Tip: I use a warm towel to remove residue once I've rinsed off.
The balm is super wet and super hydrating! The smell is also very refreshing with the same peppermint smell and taste. Some ingredients include sweet almond oil, cocoa and shea butters.
*Tip: I personally like using this balm at night before bed. This is also awesome over any lipstick for a glossy touch.
Now time for lip balms! I think I've collected more than 50 over the years and don't think I've ever really finished one. My attention span is so limited that as soon as there's something new out, I need to try it! I've tried my best to narrow down my absolute favorite lip balm treatments for you. Here are some that I'm currently obsessed with:
This lip mask get thousands of positive ratings and now I know why. From winter to spring to summer, all year long it does the job. This lip mask contains a blend of nourishing oils and antioxidants for long lasting hydration. The only downfall is the packaging gets a little destroyed after awhile. But I can look the other way because of how awesome it makes my lips feel. :)
*Tip: Use This lip mask while traveling. It's amazing on a flight.
A true classic! There is a reason why this is a staple in everyone's cosmetic arsenal. Even celebrities that can afford anything buy this little $6 winner. This multitasking balm comes in a few color options.
*Tip: It's not only a good lip balm, but is amazing for stray brows, or even a tinted cream blush when you're on the go. Talk about getting a bang for your buck!
Oh la-la! Let's just stare at this one for a minute...this gorgeous lip treatment uses nourishing camellia oil and real 23 karat gold flecks to add a beautiful sensual shimmer to your lips. Gold for the lips? SOLD! I like this newer version better because it distributes the gold throughout the entire lip balm. The older version only had a thin blanket of gold so once you used the top, no more gold. Yay to this new version!
*Tip: Layer on top of any lipstick for a slight gold shimmer.
Now this is just pure luxury. The packaging, the 24kt applicator, the blend of essential oils and conditioning agents. What else can I say? I love the consistency of the Oil on my
Lips and the applicator provides a beautiful cooling effect that is just so refreshing. *
*Tip: Use as a primer before any lip product.
Hey, men get dry lips too! I purchased this one for my husband because those old fashion chap sticks just weren't doing the job anymore. He not only loved the packaging and texture but he also loved the flavors. It's packed with lip conditioners and vitamin E and comes in an array of options such as: Original (no scent or taste), Natural Mint, Lemon, Grapefruit, Black Tea, and Shea Butter. This is totally unisex ladies! But get your hubby his own tube because he will try and steal yours. :)
*Tip: This lip balm contains UV protection so it's perfect for outdoors.
There was a lot of buzz around this brand so I knew I had to try this lip balm. Can I just say wow! I purchased the color Spilled Wine and it left such a pretty tint on the lips and smelled so yummy! This lip treatment is packed with Argan Oils and Evening Primrose Oils so it's mainly good for locking in moisture with anti aging properties. It comes in a few other colors like pink, purple, peach and red.
*Tip: Great if you want a balm that has a little color. Wear this for a no makeup look or bring to the beach for a tint of color.
Please let me know if you've tried any of the above and what your current favorites are. I'd love to hear!